Absolutely! Opening your practice with Savasana can be so grounding and calming for your students, sometimes even more so than sitting at the start of class. Consider that your students may be coming off the back of a busy day or maybe feeling tense or overwhelmed as they enter the class, so the offering of lying on the floor might be just what they need at that moment, and may help them drop into their practice with more ease.
It may also depend on the intention of the practice. If you intend to teach a slow, juicy Hatha or yin class it may set the mood perfectly for your class to begin in a reclined position. But even if you are planning on teaching a fiery vinyasa class it could still be very beneficial for your students to begin on their backs, and slowly build momentum and intensity from a super grounded opening.
It is important to note that perhaps the opening Savasana should not be as long as the closing Savasana. For the obvious reasons of not wanting your students to become too relaxed at the beginning of the practice. You still want your students to be actively engaged as the practice unfolds, but feel free to reassure them that a longer Savasana is coming, as the dessert, at the end of the class!
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